Bersatu Lodges Report over Article Linking PM to Suit Challenging King’s Emergency Decision

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Bersatu has lodged a police report in a bid to deny allegations that lawyer Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al-Mahdzar is linked to party president and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Syed Iskandar previously made headlines for filing a lawsuit against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decision to not accede to Muhyiddin’s advice that a state of emergency be declared.

Speaking to the media at the Dang Wangi District police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today, Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan deemed a recent news article claiming the prime minister was behind the suit as “slanderous”.

“On the website, there was a written statement that accused or appeared to imply that Muhyiddin, as Bersatu president and the prime minister, had instructed the lawyer to sue the Agong.

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“Bersatu feels this is slanderous against the prime minister and should not have been done by anyone, especially a news website.

“Our focus is that one paragraph in the report that clearly constitutes slander against the prime minister,” he said.

Asked if the party had contacted the news website in question, Wan Saiful sidestepped the question and said he hoped the website would apologise over the article.

He added that Bersatu would be lodging seven simultaneous police reports over the same issue.

“We have begun with this move (of lodging the police reports).

“We hope that the portal takes the appropriate action. Hope they can apologise to the prime minister and retract the article,” Wan Saiful said.

Malaysia Dateline has since taken down the article and apologised for its error, according to an editor’s note.

“Malaysia Dateline has been informed that claims by a writer named ‘Rayusa’ in an article published by Malaysia Dateline headlined ‘Saman Agong satu tragedi negara! (Suing the Agong is a national tragedy) is inaccurate,” said the portal.

Syed Iskandar had on Oct 30 filed an originating summons seeking the Kuala Lumpur High Court to determine whether the Agong had the “unfettered discretion not to declare an emergency despite the advice of the prime minister of the federal cabinet to the contrary”.

According to a copy of the affidavit in support of the legal action, the lawyer claimed that the Agong, in declining to act upon Muhyiddin’s advice, had resulted in the ruler having exercised his functions in a manner inconsistent with Articles 40 and 150 of the Federal Constitution.

Article 40 generally deals with the need of the Agong to act in accordance with the advice of the cabinet or of a minister acting under the general authority of the cabinet, among others.

Article 150 deals with the power of the Agong to issue a proclamation of emergency where there is a situation where the security, economic life or public order in the federation, or any part thereof, is threatened, among others. – Malaysiakini